School of Nursing & Kinesiology

Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at AU is centered in the Gaither Sports Medicine Center located in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The ATEP has a wide range of therapeutic equipment available to use for educational purposes and injury care, including six electrical muscle stimulation/ultrasound combination units, TENS units, hydrocollators, cold pack unit, and paraffin bath. In addition, this facility boasts a SWIMEX water rehabilitation pool, a Biodex computerized, state-of-the-art isokinetic testing and rehabilitation device, exercise bikes, upper arm cycle, stepper, various resistance and proprioceptive devices, and access to a weight room facility that houses a wide variety of machines and free weights.

Not only will Anderson University prepare you for the certification exam, our ATEP will also prepare you for a life of professional service to physically active individuals. Come join a growing and continually advancing program and start your career in a rewarding allied health profession.

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Program & Admissions

The Athletic Training Education Program at Anderson University has a rich history. It was started in 1977 and was first accredited in 1989. The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE accreditation is a requirement for students and recent graduates to sit for the National Board Certification exam, allowing them to become certified athletic trainers. The diverse lessons learned while in the ATEP prepare students for entry not only in careers in athletic training but a variety of allied health professions. As the first private college in Indiana with an accredited program, we have a vast network of sports medicine professionals among our alumni.

Athletic Training Admissions

Information for potential students:

Qualifications

First and foremost, the athletic trainer must have a genuine interest in athletes and active individuals and have a sincere concern for the total well being of the athletes. The athletic trainer must have confidence, integrity, a sense of humor, good communication skills, and common sense. They must be skilled in the areas of taping, wrapping, padding, injury assessment, injury rehabilitation, and have knowledge of first aid and emergency procedures. The athletic trainer may also be involved in such areas as development of conditioning programs, nutritional counseling, equipment purchasing, equipment fitting, classroom teaching, budgeting, and administrative duties.

 

Classes & Certification

What types of courses will I take?

  • Emergency Response
  • Theory of Conditioning of Athletes
  • Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Certification

To practice as an athletic trainer, individuals must successfully complete the BOC examination, which is a computer-based examination that the student is eligible to take after successfully completing the requirements of an accredited athletic training education program. Furthermore, one must meet individual state licensure requirements to practice as an athletic trainer.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical/Surgical Sales
  • Physician Extender

With additional education, athletic training graduates can move into roles in Healthcare Administration, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Medical Doctors.

Athletic trainers find work in a variety of organizations and businesses as qualified health-care professionals who specialize in the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that result from physical activity. As a part of a complete health-care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health-care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program, such as the one at AU. Athletic training students work on campus with students recovering from injuries or conditioning to prevent injuries. They travel with the AU sports teams to provide care on the road as well.

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is the national organization that accredits athletic training education programs in the United States. Anderson University offers a CAATE-accredited athletic training curriculum. Athletic training students will meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination through educational programs accredited by CAATE. Anderson University was the first private university in the state of Indiana with CAATE accreditation. Anderson University offers a student the benefits of a private school and a Christian-based education with extensive clinical experience as a part of a nationally accredited athletic training education program.

Three Year Data

Academic
Year
Number of Graduates Number Taking BOC
Exam
First-Time Pass First Time
Pass %
Overall Pass Overall
Pass %
2014-15 12 12 9 75% 12 100%
2015-16 12 12 10 83% 11 92%
2016-17 11 9 8 89% 9 89%
2017-18 19 17 6 35% 11 65%
Three-Year Aggregate 42 40 24 60% 31 78%
Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Number of On-Time Graduates Percentage of On-Time Graduates
2014-2015 12 10 83%
2015-2016 12 10 83%
2016-2017 11 10 91%
2017-2018 19 17 89%
Three Year Aggregate 42 37 88%

*All students who did not graduate on time were from the student’s choice to participate in 4-years of intercollegiate athletics.

Academic Cohort Number of Graduates Employed as an Athletic Trainer Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree program Enrolled in another degree program (Not employed) Employed other than as an Athletic Trainer Not Employed Do Not Know
2014-2015 12 9 0 2 1 0 0
2015-2016 12 7 1 2 2 0 0
2016-2017 11 6 2 0 3 0 0
2017-2018 19 8 1 3 6 0 1
Three Year Aggregate 42 21 4 5 11 0 1
Term Number of Students in Program at Semester Start Number of Students Withdrew Retention Rate
Spring 2018 41 1 98%
Fall 2017 42 3 93%
Spring 2017 45 1 98%
Fall 2016 46 1 98%
Spring 2016 45 2 96%
Fall 2015 47 0 100%
Three Year Average 44.3 1.3 97%